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Major U.S. Media Outlets Boycott Secret Holder Meetings

HeadlineMay 31, 2013

Several U.S. news outlets are boycotting an offer by Attorney General Eric Holder to meet for closed-door talks about the Obama administration’s policies for secretly spying on the press. The meetings follow revelations the Justice Department seized phone records linked to roughly 100 Associated Press journalists, as well as the private emails of a Fox News reporter. The New York Times reports Holder has begun internal deliberations about tightening the rules for seizing such records. Holder invited the Washington bureau heads of major news outlets to meet this week for off-the-record talks, meaning none could report on what was said. Fox News and the Associated Press both refused to attend, as did CNN, NBC, CBS, The Huffington Post, The New York Times and McClatchy Newspapers. But some outlets agreed to Holder’s terms, including The Washington Post, Politico, ABC and USA Today.

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